Cuddling Is Scientifically Proven to Help Fight Depression


We’ve been told over and over what to do if we suffer from depression. In addition to therapy and medication, it’s important to exercise, eat healthy, and surround ourselves with positive people and experiences. Now it’s time to add another activity to that checklist, and it’s simple and totally free: cuddling.

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Scientists say that the simple act of cuddling with a loved one or even a pet releases oxytocin in our brains. Oxytoxin is sometimes called “the love toxin.” It’s also the same hormone that is released when you have an orgasm. Oxytocin also lowers the level of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone” that controls the feelings that are usually associated with anxiety and depression.

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Anyone who has ever struggled with depression knows that there is no simple or quick fix, but every little bit helps. So next time you’re feeling down, take some time to cuddle up with your partner or your dog or cat, and maybe it’ll help you feel a little better.

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